By Jerry Asiegbu
A youth soccerÂ competition where foreign scouts fish out raw talents has kicked off in Lagos on Sunday. It is called Carl Woermann Nigeria Youth Football Championship. It is in its third edition.Â In one of the matches played yesterday, Stihl Power Tools Football Club of Badagry held Bosch Tools Football Club of Amuwo Odofin to a 1-1 draw.
The championship which is holding at the Nigeria Institute of Sports (NIS) pitch, National Stadium Surulere, Lagos, saw Bosch FC opening scores in the dying minutes of the first half.
Stihl FC came into the second half smoking and looking more coordinated as they took the game to their opponentâ€™s half. They equalised twenty minutes into the second half.
In the other matches played yesterday, Deutz Football Club defeated Skill Football Club by 2-0, while C Woermann Angola walloped C Woermann Sudan 3-0.
One of the scouts who came from Norway, Gunnar-Martin Kjenner, spoke to Sports Vanguard. He said he was pleased with the raw talents he was seeing, adding that he hoped â€œto connect the good ones to good teams in Norway to develop them before they get into big leaguesâ€.
He mentioned Mikel Obi, Chinedu Ogbuke and Chukwuma Akabueze who are established stars now as some Nigerian players who passed through that process in Norway.
Earlier, the chairman of the organising committee, Ossy Nwokeabia, had tasked the participating teams on discipline and fairplay, promising to ensure good officiating.
He said the aim of the championship was to â€œdiscover talents for onward transfer to big clubs that might require their services both here in Nigeria and overseasâ€.
The first edition of this championship was won by Goetze FC, while last edition was won by BIG Football Club of Enugu, with Masalta FC of Abuja and Hangcha of Enugu taking the silver and bronze respectively.